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Welcome to Subtle Body

The Yoga of Fully Being

 

 

 

Description

This section provides an introduction to the subtle body: the world of feelings, subtle sensation and energies. We learn about the blockages, imprints and imbalances that modern living can effect on our subtle bodies and the value of finding our inner speed limit. The subtle body according to yogic physiology and Tibetan Buddhism basically consists of channels (nadi), energies (prana or lung) and seeds of energy (bindu).

 

Method

We learn a scanning and breathing technique to recognize speedy energy and bring it back down to its natural resting place below the navel.

Results

An ability to connect with speediness in the subtle body and bring it back down to its natural resting place. A feeling of groundedness, embodiment and guts. More pliability of breath and energy. Reduced symptoms of wind disorder.

Obstacles

Confusion about the terminology. Resistance to a subtle physiology. Habits of shallow, nervous breathing.

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Below is a syllabus of Subtle Body

Section 1Subtle Body Theory and Practice
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SUBTLE BODY 1

QUESTIONS

  • What prevents us from connecting with clarity and essence love?
  • What keeps our lung (speedy energy) from its home?

Subtle Body Video 1

KEY POINTS

  • Through handshake practice we may be able to connect with clarity in the mind and essence love in the core of feelings. But we may have difficulty connecting because of a lung (speedy energy) disorder.
  • Distorted winds, which we call a lung disorder, is one of the main disturbances in the 21st century.
  • Because of fear and our speedy lifestyle, all of the moving energy in the subtle body does not reside in the gut. It goes up into the chest, shoulders and head. It then gets stuck between the chest and head.
  • There are ways to bring the lung down to its home below the navel. We can handshake the lung which is the “automatic” way to bring it down. There is also a breathing exercise, a “manual” way. If we cannot bring the lung to its home through handshake, then we have to do a breathing exercise.

EXERCISES

  • Examine the outcome of your handshake practice.  Have you been able to connect to clarity and essence love? Reflect on the speed of modern life.  Does it affect the internal energies of the body?
  • Practice finding the lung at different times during the day and evening. Don’t try to change it in any way and be aware of the sensations and feelings in the body and subtle body. Notice how it changes throughout the day with different activities.
  • Keeping a relaxed and grounded body, tune into the speedy energy and explore being with it through handshake practice.

DAILY MANTRAS

  • Connect with clarity and essence love
  • Notice the moving energy
  • Handshake the lung
  • Lung belongs in its home below the navel

DAILY PRACTICE

 

You can structure a daily practice as described in the course instructions

Opening with a warmhearted, benevolent intention. Reflect on the good fortune of having a human life.

Main Part — watching the video, meditating, contemplating and working with key points and exercises.

Concluding by sitting quietly, dedicating and making heartfelt aspirations.

Daily life — repeating your favorite Daily Mantras throughout the day and putting Post-its of them around your spaces to remind you.

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SUBTLE BODY 2

QUESTIONS

  • What are the components of the subtle body?
  • What affects our wind energy?

Subtle Body Video 2

KEY POINTS

  • The subtle body includes channels, energy drops and wind energy (lung). These three components are called the inner constitution of our body and need to be balanced.
  • Strong thoughts, emotions and a restless kind of energy come into the body and affect our thinking mind and subtle body.
  • Our subtle body needs to be balanced with these three parts (channels, drops and wind energy). Balanced energy gives us strength and groundedness. Otherwise, we can become shaky and other kinds of emotions and thoughts can be triggered.
  • We need to find wellbeing in the subtle body.
  • The modern world is very speedy, which affects our wind energy. Fears and thoughts can also speed up this energy and the whole subtle body can become speedy.
  • Our wind energy has a healthy speed limit or inner speed limit.

EXERCISES

  • Keep the handshaking practice in the back of your mind throughout the day, handshaking whenever you begin to feel speed arise.
  • Play with finding your inner speed limit and how it may vary through the day. For example, when is your “engine” running and the gear shift in neutral? When are you driven to do activities without much awareness? Conversely, when are you going too slow and feel stuck?
  • Well-being and a balanced subtle body go together. When you practice handshake and the warmth of essence love arises naturally, sense this balance and ease of being and rest in it. Practice becoming more and more familiar with this feeling.
  • Notice and contemplate aspects of our modern lifestyle, such as anxiety, over-stimulation and a busy thinking mind, which might cause the subtle body to become speedy.

 

DAILY MANTRAS

  • The subtle body includes channels, energy drops and wind energy (lung)
  • Our subtle body needs to be balanced
  • Balanced energy gives us strength and groundedness
  • Find your healthy speed limit

DAILY PRACTICE

 

You can structure a daily practice as described in the course instructions

Opening with a warmhearted, benevolent intention. Reflect on the good fortune of having a human life.

Main Part — watching the video, meditating, contemplating and working with key points and exercises.

Concluding by sitting quietly, dedicating and making heartfelt aspirations.

Daily life — repeating your favorite Daily Mantras throughout the day and putting Post-its of them around your spaces to remind you.

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SUBTLE BODY 3

QUESTIONS

  • Is it good to think fast?
  • Can speedy energy make us dull?

Subtle Body Video 3

KEY POINTS

  • Everything has its own speed limit, including our physical body, the subtle body and emotions, and the thinking mind.
  • Thinking fast and clearly is very good, but unnecessary feelings of urgency are challenging for our physical body.
  • When speedy wind comes up into our chakras, channels and head, our whole body becomes bloated and tight. But energy is still rushing underneath. There’s a lot of noise but we aren’t doing anything.
  • We need to know how to bring down the speedy wind energy so that it resides in the navel.
  • When the speedy lung is up in our chest too much we become disturbed, which makes our channels tight. This affects our bindu or life energy, which then doesn’t circulate properly. This can make us unbalanced and feel dull, uninspired and flat.
  • The speedy energy always pressures us to do something, which is destructive to our subtle body.

EXERCISES

  • Speed limit practice: Notice how we “drive” the body, subtle body and mind with different speed limits. What is the natural speed limit for each of these in our experience? What is too slow or too fast.
  • Spend some time at an airport, shopping mall or very active place observing speed limits in speech and body movement? What appear to be cultural norms about speed?
  • Explore how mind, body and subtle body affect each other. If our mind is focused and we are thinking quickly, how does this affect the body and subtle body? If our subtle body is balanced, how does this affect the body?
  • Practice handshake and then rest in essence love. Sense the warmth in your subtle body and how it makes your body and mind feel.

DAILY MANTRAS

  • Everything has its own speed limit
  • Thinking fast and clear is good
  • Feelings of urgency can be unnecessary
  • Speedy energy makes our whole body feel bloated and tight
  • Speedy energy pressures us to do something, anything

DAILY PRACTICE

 

You can structure a daily practice as described in the course instructions

Opening with a warmhearted, benevolent intention. Reflect on the good fortune of having a human life.

Main Part — watching the video, meditating, contemplating and working with key points and exercises.

Concluding by sitting quietly, dedicating and making heartfelt aspirations.

Daily life — repeating your favorite Daily Mantras throughout the day and putting Post-its of them around your spaces to remind you.

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